Karlheinz Essl

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Roschitz (2019)
meditation for piano solo

Sat, 11 Jan 2020, 19:00 - premiere
Vienna, Alte Schmiede (A)
25 Miniaturen – Ein Abend für Karlheinz Roschitz
Kaori Nishii: piano


Sequitur XI (2010)
for vibraphone, cymbals and live-electronics

Tue, 14 Jan 2020
Bern, Hochschule der Künste (CH)
Sound Arts – Musik und Medienkunst (Klasse: Cathy van Eck)
Paolo Fratello: vibraphone
Felipe Arteaga Villamizar: live-electronics


Sequitur I (2008)
for flute and live-electronics

Tue, 14 Jan 2020
Bern, Hochschule der Künste (CH)
Sound Arts – Musik und Medienkunst (Klasse: Cathy van Eck)
Luciana Peyceré Parente: flute
Felipe Arteaga Villamizar: live-electronics


Sequitur XIII (2008)
for piano and live-electronics

Thu, 30 Jan 2020, 19:00
Wien, echoraum (CH)
POÈME ÉLECTRONIQUE #16
Abschlusspräsentation der Lehrveranstaltung Live-Elektronik mit Studierenden von Alfred Reiter-Wuschko an der MUK
Amina Mamedova: trumpet
Veronika Huber: live-electronics


Gold.Berg.Werk

A Radical Re-Interpretation of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations

GBW-KHE+Xenia

Xenia Pestova Bennett:piano
Karlheinz Essl: composition, live electronics


The Goldberg Variations form a cornerstone of keyboard repertoire, yet we rarely question the mode of presentation for this piece. Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl offers a refreshing glimpse of a new performance practice through his unusual take in Gold.Berg.Werk (2013-16). Originally envisioned as a performance environment for string trio, there is now a version for piano and live electronics, never before heard in the UK. Gorgeous time-stretched harmonies are manipulated in real time and played back through spatialized loudspeakers in between the piano variations, bringing together Baroque and contemporary sound worlds. This new reimagining of Bach’s vision juxtaposes the variations in a new strictly symmetrical structure which reflects the binary form of the original aria (a microcosm within a macrocosm with binary divisions commonly found in digital systems). No two performances are the same due to the live generation of the electronic interludes. Gold.Berg.Werk transcends itself and becomes a new piece in its own right, creating a sense of space and grandeur through electronic distribution of the interludes. This magical performance invites and entices the audience to join us on a journey of discovery, opening and blossoming into a whole new universe of sound.


Xenia Pestova Bennett about Karlheinz Essl's Gold.Berg.Werk


"Through these interventions, Essl creates two temporally separate soundscapes that are musically related and comment on each other... Essl then spins the Bachian idea of variation on another level and conveys the impression of spatial proximity and distance of these different sound spaces... Essl's live-electronic parts captivate through the richness of relationships... while at the same time going far beyond generating a new sonic-musical fabric." (Stefan Drees, klassik.com)

Confirmed Dates

Bournemouth, University: 4 Mar 2020, 7pm
London, Austrian Cultural Forum: 10 Mar 2020, 7pm
Leeds, College of Music: 11 Mar 2020, 7:30pm
Surrey, University of Surrey: 19 Mar 2020, 7:30pm   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall: 4 Apr 2020, 8pm   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
London, Café Oto: 9 Apr 2020, 7:30pm   RESCHEDULED!
Birmingham, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire: 28 Apr 2020, 7pm   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Cork, Cork School of Music, 7 May 2020, 7:30pm   RESCHEDULED!
Dublin, Project Arts Centre: 16 Dec 2020, 8:30pm


Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2019)
Interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations
Version for piano and electronic sounds

Wed, 4 Mar 2020, 7pm
Bournemouth, Art University Bournemouth (UK)
Experimental Music Concert
Xenia Pestova Bennett: piano
Ambrose Seddon: sound projection


Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2019)
Interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations
Version for piano and live-electronics

Tue, 10 Mar 2020, 7pm
London, Austrian Cultural Forum (UK)
Gold.Berg.Werk: A Radical Re-Interpretation of J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations
Xenia Pestova Bennett: piano
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics

Introduction to Gold.Berg.Werk at the Austrian Cultural Forum London



Trois cent notes (2019)
version for vibraphone solo

Wed, 11 Mar 2019, 2pm
Birmingham, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK)
Bmus 3 recital
Alexander Henshaw: vibraphone


Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2019)
Interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations
Version for piano and live-electronics

Wed, 11 Mar 2020, 7:30pm
Leeds, Leeds College of Music (UK)
Festival Sounds like THIS
Xenia Pestova Bennett: piano
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics


Gold.Berg.Werk: Aria Electronica I (2016)
Music for the animation film Leerstelle by Urte Zintler

Sat, 14 Mar 2020, 2:45
MDR - German TV program
Music for the animation film Leerstelle by Urte Zintler
"Animationsfilme im MDR


Lexikon-Sonate
interactive realtime composition for computer-controlled piano

Thu, 19 Mar 2020, 20:00   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Madrid, El Instante Fundación (E)
IN-SONORA 11 FESTIVAL
Karlheinz Essl: live performance on a Yamaha Disklavier



Workshop on Lexikon-Sonate
interactive realtime composition for computer-controlled piano

Fri, 20 Mar 2020, 18:00 - 20:00   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Madrid, El Instante Fundación (E)
IN-SONORA 11 FESTIVAL
Karlheinz Essl: lecture/performance Yamaha Disklavier


Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2019)
Interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations
Version for piano and electronic sounds

Thu, 19 Mar 2020, 7:30pm   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Surrey, University of Surrey (UK)
Gold.Berg.Werk By Karlheinz Essl For Piano and Live Electronics
Xenia Pestova Bennett: piano
Ed Bennett: sound projection


Constantia (2019)
for chamber orchestra

Thu, 26 Mar 2020 - Austrian première   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Vienna, Hofburgkapelle (A)
Mulier fortis - Neuinterpretation eines Jesuitenspiels aus dem 17. Jahrhundert
Collegium musicum der MDW, Dir. Ingomar Rainer


Onwards (2002)
four for improvising musicians

Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 7:30pm   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Calgary, Doherty Hall (CAN)
Open Score
Timepoint Ensemble


Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2019)
Interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations
Version for piano and live-electronics

Sat, 4 Apr 2020, 8pm   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Nottingham, Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall (UK)
J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations Reimagined
Xenia Pestova Bennett: piano
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics


Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2019)
Interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations
Version for piano and live-electronics

Thu, 9 Apr 2020, 8pm   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
London, Café Oto (UK)
Karlheinz Essl / Xenia Pestova Bennett: Gold.Berg.Werk
Xenia Pestova Bennett: piano
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics


HerrGott! (2019)
Kommentar zu einem Wienerlied für Orgel solo

Sun, 12 Apr 2020 - première   RESCHEDULED due to COVID-19!
Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral (A)
Inuaguration of the New Domorgel
Konstantin Reymaier: church organ


Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2019)
Interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations
Version for piano and electronic sounds

Tue, 28 Apr 2020, 7pm   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Birmingham, Boyal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK)
Xenia Pestova Bennett: piano
Ed Bennett: sound projection


Roschitz (2019)
meditation for piano solo

Wed, 29 Apr 2020, 20:00 - Live Stream
Vienna, Alte Schmiede (A)
Klavier unter Neonlicht
Kaori Nishii: piano



Forms of Life (2019-2020)
multi-channel sound performance

Thu, 30 Apr 2020, 17:00   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Parma, Casa del Suono (I)
Portrait Concert Karlheinz Essl
Karlheinz Essl: sound performance


Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2019)
Interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations
Version for piano and live-electronics

Tue, 7 May 2020   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Cork, Cork School of Music (IR)
Curtis Auditorium
Gold.Berg.Werk
Xenia Pestova Bennett: piano
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics


Sequitur VI (2008)
for trumpet and live-electronics

Tue, 23 Jun 2020
Vienna, Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien (I)
Master concert
Christoph Skuk: trumpet & live-electronics


Forms of Life_EXT. (2019)
Soundperformance für Oceandrum, Klangfeile, Stimme, Shrutibox, Glocken und Live-Elektronik

Fri, 26 Jun 2020, 20:00   RESCHEDULED!
Wien, OFF-Theater (A)
Andrea Nagl: Choreographie, Tanzperformance, Oceandrum, Klangfeile, Stimme, Shrutibox, Glocken
Karlheinz Essl: Komposition, Live-Elektronik
Markus Wintersberger: Objekte, Bühnengestaltung


Forms of Life_EXT. (2019)
Soundperformance für Oceandrum, Klangfeile, Stimme, Shrutibox, Glocken und Live-Elektronik

Sat, 27 Jun 2020, 20:00   RESCHEDULED!
Wien, OFF-Theater (A)
Andrea Nagl: Choreographie, Tanzperformance, Oceandrum, Klangfeile, Stimme, Shrutibox, Glocken
Karlheinz Essl: Komposition, Live-Elektronik
Markus Wintersberger: Objekte, Bühnengestaltung


Sequitur VIII (2008)
for electric guitar and live-electronics

Sat, 11 Jul 2020, 20:00
Civitella D'Agliano, Paul Wiedmer Serpara Museum (I)
Garden Music
Francesco Cuoghi: electric guitar, live-electronics


Puzzle of Purcell (2017)
transcription for organ solo
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 - premiere of the organ transcription
Linz, Martin-Luther-Kirche (A)
Wolfgang Kogert: church organ


Puzzle of Purcell (2017)
transcription for organ solo
Tue, 28 Jul 2020, 11:00am   CANCELLED due to COVID-19!
Vienna, Hofburgkapelle (A)
Tagung der Gesellschaft der Orgelfreunde
Willkommen in der Gegenwart!
Wolfgang Kogert: church organ


trans-Art (2020)
interactive performance for live painting and live sound
Thu, 13 Aug 2020
Wals, Atelier Astrid Rieder (A)
Symposium SUMMIT of trans-Art
Astrid Rieder: live painting
Karlheinz Essl: realtime composition and live-electronics


Kalimba (2005)
for toy piano and playback

Thu, 17 Sep 2020, 19:00
Frankfurt am Main, KunstKulturKirche Allerheiligen (D)
Marco Ramaglia: toy piano


Kalimba (2005)
for toy piano and playback

Thu, 24 Sep 2020, 12:30
Heilbronn, Baden-Württembergische Bank (D)
HörMal – Die musikalische Mittagspause
Dorrit Bauerecker: toy piano


under wood (2012)
for two amplified toy pianos (one player) and ensemble
Wed, 7 Oct 2020, 19:30
Vienna, Reaktor (A)
UNDERWOOD
Ensemble Reconsil, Dir. N.N.
toy pianos: Isabel Ettenauer


Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2019)
Interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations
Version for piano and live-electronics

Wed, 16 Dec 2020, 8:30pm
Dublin, Project Arts Centre (IR)
MUSIC CURRENT
Xenia Pestova Bennett: piano
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics



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